Daily Archives: July 7, 2011

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‘Don’t push your luck’ civil servants warn

STATE workers’ umbrella union PASYDY dug its heels in yesterday, charging that government proposals to consolidate public finances destroyed basic employment conditions and seriously harmed its members’ vital rights.

The announcement came as talks are underway in a bid to pass measures aimed at increasing state revenues and resolving the economy’s structural problems to fend off potential Greece-like effects.

PASYDY condemned, what it claimed, was a blatant effort, by the government and the parties, to deviate from the established procedures and social dialogue.

The aim, PASYDY said “is to revert to the anachronistic eras where we decide and order in the absence of those immediately affected.”

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Our View: Economy woes highlight fading trust in government

IF NO MEASURES are passed for improving public finances before the legislature’s summer recess, the government will only have itself to blame. It has been dragging its feet for almost two years, ignoring all warnings about the need to tackle structural weaknesses and behaving as if the mounting problems would miraculously disappear one fine day without any tough decisions having to be taken.

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‘No bailout’ says Stavrakis as banks deposits reach all-time high

FINANCE Minister Charilaos Stavrakis yesterday rubbished suggestions the island may be a candidate for a bailout, saying its financing needs were minimal and had almost been met for the year.

Financial website Stockwatch quoted Stavrakis as saying Cyprus had an outstanding refinancing balance of €150 million this year, of which €60 million was met yesterday with revolving credit secured from a Russian bank.

Also yesterday it was revealed that deposits in Cyprus-based banks were at an all-time high in May, reaching €50.5 billion.

The data, released by the European Central Bank, concern bank deposits by households and companies.

The data include deposits made in branches and subsidiaries of foreign banks operating in a country.

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Downer: worst three months of talks since process began

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will meet the two leaders today in Geneva in an effort to resuscitate “disappointing” peace talks that have seen “the worst three months” of their existence, according to the UN.

Speaking after meeting with President Demetris Christofias in his Geneva hotel yesterday, UN Special Adviser Alexander Downer said he hoped the meeting today would bring life back to the talks and provide a greater chance for success.

“We want this meeting to steer this process on. It has been disappointing over the last three months how slowly these negotiations have been going and they really need to be revitalised,” said Downer.

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Cyprus pledges to stamp out bird trapping

CYPRUS yesterday pledged to minimise illegal bird trapping that sees millions of birds killed and offered as expensive delicacies collectively known as ambelopoulia.

Speaking at a European conference on illegal killing of birds held in Larnaca, Interior Minister Neoclis Sylikiotis said the government had the political will to proceed towards the right direction.

“And we are working intensively towards this direction to stamp out every form of illegality and meet our obligations,” Sylikiotis said.

He said that the Cyprus EU presidency in the second half of 2012, has set the goal of “achieving significant progress and minimising the problem, which, it is true, in some cases, discredits our country internationally.”

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40,000 links to and from the airport

THE KAPNOS airport shuttle yesterday marked three years in the business boasting 40,000 links to and from Larnaca airport since its inception.

Once upon a time, Nicosia residents having to get to Larnaca airport for a 4:45am flight could either drive, find someone willing to give them a ride, or pay for a taxi but for three years now Kapnos Airport Shuttle has been offering the alternative of the shuttle bus.

Managing director, Pambos Kapnos, invited journalists yesterday to celebrate the company’s three years, and witness the symbolic arrival of the bus which would bring the number of links to 40,000.

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One step closer to traffic cams

 

CYPRUS is one step closer to having traffic cameras installed, after the Attorney-general (AG) advised a continuation of the current tenders procedure.

The Communications Ministry’s Tenders Council last month decided to interrupt the proceedings, currently with five bidding companies, after it emerged that certain technical requirements weren’t being fulfilled.

However, the head of the ministry’s Electromechanical Services thought it best to seek clarifications from the five companies in question and see if the requirements could be fulfilled.

The matter ended up with AG Petros Clerides, who yesterday gave the green light for the procedure to continue.

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Highway project at ‘critical stage’

PAPHOS to Polis highway negotiations have reached a “critical stage” with a parliamentary discussion scheduled for today and the latest proposals awaiting the Attorney-general’s approval.

According to Communications and Works minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, the negotiations between the government and a consortium of construction companies – comprising Austrian firm Strabag and local firm Nemesis, have been continuing in earnest since October, when the government initiated a “big push”.

“The negotiations have reached a critical stage, and we are awaiting the legal opinion of the Attorney-general on the companies’ proposals” Marcoullis said, adding that the matter would be raised during today’s public works parliamentary committee meeting.

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Protesting Turkish Cypriot unions cut off power

WORKERS from the north’s electricity provider KIBTEK yesterday managed to cut off power from the breakaway state’s ‘finance ministry’ in a protest over mounting ‘state’ debt and plans to privatise the north’s only power provider.

“One by one we will cut off the power of all public offices that owe KIBTEK money,” head of the public sector workers’ union KTAMS said at the demonstration staged outside the ‘finance ministry’ yesterday.

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British teen attacked in Ayia Napa

A BRITISH teenager was attacked by an unknown man in the early hours of yesterday morning in Ayia Napa after accepting a ride to her hotel.

According to Larnaca News Agency, the 18-year-old British tourist was walking on a main road in Ayia Napa at around 1.30am when a man stopped next to her in his car and offered her a ride to her hotel.

Instead, the man took the teenager to a deserted place. After hitting her, he took her out of the car and began feeling her up all over and trying to take her clothes off. The British tourist resisted his efforts, managing to escape from his clutches.

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